Marianas Variety — (U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan’s e-newsletter) - Construction on the 5,000-square-foot expansion of the troop store on Saipan begins this week, according to officials of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which runs the store.
The $2.8 million expansion project at the Army Reserve Center is scheduled to be completed by late March 2017 with the grand opening in April.
“I have been working on improving the troop store since my first term in Congress,” Kilili said. “A study I included in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act determined the project to be viable, but the expansion was delayed for years while the Navy, which controls the land, made sure there was no unexploded ordnance on the site.”
According to AAFES, the Navy has recently given the safety go-ahead and construction can finally proceed. The existing 1,120-square-foot store built in 1987 serves about 4,000 active and reserve service members, retirees, and their families. It is small, deteriorating, and in need of a major overhaul.
“Our service members, veterans, and their families deserve better and can finally look forward to a new and improved AAFES Troop Store opening next spring.”